Saturday, July 02, 2016

EYOC 2016: Two gold medals for Finland in the Relay



By achieving two gold medals in the Relay, Finland was the EYOC 2016's top team for the second day in a row. France and Hungary got the other two gold medals.


Dedicated to the Relay, today's program of the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2016 took place in Korzenie, southwest of Jarosław. 24 teams of three elements each participated in the M16 class, 28 in the M18 class, 20 in the W16 class and 25 in the W18 class. Again, the athletes faced tough and challenging courses, with the winning timings revealed extremely larger than expected by the organizers.

In the W16 class, Hungary achieved a historical triumph, with Dorottya Hajnal, Csilla Gardonyi and Hanga Szurom winning the first EYOC Relay gold ever for their country. The last time Hungary was on the Relay podium was ten years ago, in Soria, Spain (silver in the W18 class), but today they did even better, breaking an amazing sequence of five victories in a row for the Czech Republic in this class. Hungary got a nearly four minute win on the Czechs, spending the time of 2:01:13 overall. Switzerland got the third position, with more 6:55 than Hungary. Defending its European gold, France was able to succeed in the M16 class, with Guilhem Haberkorn, Mathis Gennaro and Guilhem Elias finishing their courses with the time of 1:57:09 overall. Switzerland got the second place, and Russia was third, with more 00:11 and 02:38 than the winner, respectively.

Finland dominates in the older category, winning both M18 class and W18 class. Before this, just the Czech Republic had been able to win the same classes in the same year, which happened for three times, in 2005, 2009 and 2011. In the W18 class, they were stronger than the Czechs, winners in the last two years, getting a good 1:18 win with the overall time of 2:17:07. Almost six minutes after the winner, Poland was third placed, with Zuzanna Morawska getting her second medal in the competition. In the M18 class, Aaro Julkonen, Akseli Ruohola and Tuomas Heikkilä performed really well, winning in the time of 2:17:40, against 2:21:03 from Norway, second placed. Poland repeated the bronze, with more 3:43 than the winners, while Sweden, the last edition's winner, was “out of the race” today, finishing 9th with more 10:32 than its neighbour Finland. To ending this chronicle, just a curiosity: In eighteen editions of EYOC, this is the second time that the Czech Republic don't get a single gold medal in the Relay. Before, it just happened in 2008, in Solothurn, Switzerland.


Results

M16
1. France (Guilhem Haberkorn, Mathis Gennaro, Guilhem Elias) 1:57:09 (+ 00:00)
2. Switzerland (Mattia Gründler, Silas Hutzli, Fabian Aebersold) 1:57:40 (+ 00:31)
3. Russia (Nikolai Kudriavtcev, Konstantin Seleznev, Anton Lukashevich) 1:59:47 (+ 02:38)
4. Finland (Miika Tala, Mikko Eerola, Topias Arola) 1:59:52 (+ 02:43)
5. Hungary (Csongor Horvath, Marcell Szabo, Ferenc Jonas) 2:01:55 (+ 04:46)
6. Ukraine (Mykyta Zviahin, Mykhailo Piddubnyi, Konstia Samoilenko) 2:04:47 (+ 07:38)
(…)
21. Portugal (Tomás Lima, Manuel Oliveira, André Henriques) 2:35:20 (+ 38:11)

M18
1. Finland (Aaro Julkonen, Akseli Ruohola, Tuomas Heikkilä) 2:17:40 (+ 00:00)
2. Norway (Jorgen Baklid, Havard Eidsmo, Vegard Guldbransen) 2:21:03 (+ 03:23)
3. Poland (Marcin Biederman, Kacper Kuca, Fryderyk Pryjma) 2:21:23 (+ 03:43)
4. Slovakia (Jakub Chupek, Dusan Slama, Jakub Dekrét) 2:21:56 (+ 04:16)
5. Czech Republic (Jan Bendak, Otakar Hirs, Daniel Vandas) 2:22:22 (+ 04:42)
6. Switzerland (Chamuel Zbinden, Silvan Ullman, Andrin Gründler) 2:24:06 (+ 06:26)
(…)
10. Portugal (Ricardo Ferreira, João Bernardino, João Magalhães) 2:32:11 (+ 14:31)

W16
1. Hungary (Dorottya Hajnal, Csilla Gardonyi, Hanga Szuromi) 2:01:13 (+ 00:00)
2. Czech Republic (Jana Peterova, Eliska Hojna, Sárka Rückerova) 2:05:10 (+ 03:57)
3. Switzerland (Lea Widmer, Elisa Bertozzi, Eliane Deininger) 2:08:08 (+ 06:55)
4. Latvia (Signe Sirma, Magda Cigle, Agnija Caune) 2:08:38 (+ 07:25)
5. Russia (Elizaveta Rastegaeva, Kristina Smirnova, Anna Safronova) 2:08:52 (+ 07:39)
6. Denmark (Hedvig Gydesen, Birk Nielsen, Annika Simonsen) 2:10:30 (+ 09:17)

W18
1. Finland (Anni Haanpää, Amy Nymalm, Leenukka Hanhijärvi) 2:17:07 (+ 00:00)
2. Czech Republic (Apolena Malinova, Barbora Vyhnalkova, Tereza Janosikova) 2:18:25 (+ 01:18)
3. Poland (Kinga Krolik, Agnieszka Cych, Zuzanna Morawska) 2:22:59 (+ 05:52)
4. Hungary (Dalida Pataki, Vanda Vékony, Zsófia Sarközy) 2:25:00 (+ 07:53)
5. Sweden (Myrra Carlsson, Gabriella Bergander, Vilma Von Krusenstierna) 2:31:04 (+ 13:57)
6. Austria (Rosa Trummer, Tina Tiefenböck, Jasmina Gassner) 2:31:26 (+ 14:19)
(…)
17. Portugal (Beatriz Sanguino, Patricia Romão, Joana Marques) 3:25:13 (+ 1:08:06)

Complete results and further information at http://eyoc2016.pl/.

Joaquim Margarido

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